Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Freeman XC Preview - Boys

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Front-runners key for Crusaders
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – John Gabelbauer has found it difficult to fill out a lineup in recent years.

With enrollment at Catholic Memorial High School not up to the levels of other schools in the Classic 8 Conference, the Crusaders’ boys cross country team struggles to load up the program with the depth other teams in the league possess.

“We’ve got football, volleyball and soccer in the fall, and those are popular sports,” said Gabelbauer, the longtime CMH coach. “There’s not a lot of kids left.”

But Gabelbauer has a crew of five runners he will be counting on throughout this season. Senior Alex Dodd, junior Adam Wetzel and sophomores Jack Zwisler and Andrew Hirsch were regular varsity runners last season, and junior Brad Bodus has some varsity experience.

“We’ve got four freshmen, and they’re just feeling their way. They’re very raw,” Gabelbauer said. “Maybe in a few weeks somebody will surface, but we’re trying to get some distance running under their belts, get them in the weight room and get them stronger.

“We’re going to live and die with those five (returning runners).” Memorial posted an incomplete score at last season’s Classic 8 championship meet at Naga-Waukee Park. Gabelbauer is looking for his corps to post a team score and potentially push up the league standings. 

“None of these guys have cracked 18 minutes yet, but I think Wetzel, Zwisler and Hirsch will be down in the 17s,” Gabelbauer said. “They’ve been training pretty well, and it’s been a work in progress. They’re training together, now can we get them racing together? And how close can we get Dodd and Bodus to those three?”


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